Share of Latinos Without Health Coverage Down to 28.3 Percent

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Getty Images

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By Suzanne Gamboa

Newly released federal data show just 28.3 percent of adult Hispanics lacked health insurance in the first three months of the year.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that Hispanic adults had the greatest percentage point decrease in the uninsured rate between 2013, when the uninsured rate was 40.6 percent, and the first three months of this year, 28.3 percent.

That drop has helped contribute to news that in this year's first three months nine of every 10 American adults had health insurance.

For all Latinos under the age of 65 (including children) the uninsured rate among is 21.2, down from 30.3 in 2013. The share of the same group Latinos with a public health insurance, such as Medicaid, rose from 33.4 percent to 35.2 percent and those with private coverage went from 37 percent to 44.3 percent. Immigrants not legally in the U.S. are not eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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The highest shares of people lacking health coverage are in the Latino community. But federal data released since the Affordable Care Act became law and its requirements kicked that share has been shrinking.

A Gallup survey showed that the only state where more than 20 percent of residents still lack health insurance, is Texas, although that is down from 27 percent in 2013.

Texas has the second highest total Latino population in the country, at about 10 million and has had the highest rate of people lacking health coverage in the country. The state's Republican leadership has strongly opposed Obamacare.